Phil started coding back in the early 80s, on 8-bit home computers: from the ZX-81 to the Commodore 64, in BASIC and assembler. He later moved on to PCs and C++ in the early 90s and, despite forays into other languages, keeps coming back to C++. His career has taken him through domains such as anti-virus, mobile, finance and developer tools - among others. He’s the original author of the C++ test framework, Catch and is now Developer Advocate at JetBrains for CLion, AppCode and ReSharper C++. His hobbies include writing podcast bios and trolling the podcast hosts.
Phil is the original author of Catch2, regular speaker at conferences, trainer, organizer of C++ on Sea and the C++ London meet-up, co-host of cpp.chat and No Diagnostic Required podcasts, and recently moved to SonarSource as Developer Advocate.
More generally he’s an advocate for good testing practices, TDD and using the type system and tools and functional techniques to reduce complexity, increase correctness, and is not afraid of ABI breaks.